5 hurt in East Village apartment fire in Tompkins Square Park

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
FDNY battles fire in East Village building
A lithium-ion battery was found near the scene of the fire.

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- FDNY battled an early morning fire in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Wednesday.

The fire broke out sometime before 5:15 a.m. on Avenue A at St. Mark's Place.

Firefighters had their tower ladders extended up to the roof of the building.

Damage was reported on the first and second floors of the apartment building.

A lithium-ion battery was recovered from the second floor, although the official cause of the fire is not yet known.

Five residents suffered minor injuries.

The flames appeared to be knocked down by 6:15 a.m., but there were traffic delays reported in the area due to the fire department activity.

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